The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

By: William H. Dutton (editor)Paperback

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Internet Studies has been one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary fields to emerge over the last decade. The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies has been designed to provide a valuable resource for academics and students in this area, bringing together leading scholarly perspectives on how the Internet has been studied and how the research agenda should be pursued in the future. The Handbook aims to focus on Internet Studies as an emerging field, each chapter seeking to provide a synthesis and critical assessment of the research in a particular area. Topics covered include social perspectives on the technology of the Internet, its role in everyday life and work, implications for communication, power, and influence, and the governance and regulation of the Internet. The Handbook is a landmark in this new interdisciplinary field, not only helping to strengthen research on the key questions, but also shape research, policy, and practice across many disciplines that are finding the Internet and its political, economic, cultural, and other societal implications increasingly central to their own key areas of inquiry.

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William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, Bill was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he continues an affiliation as Emeritus Professor. In the UK, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar, then National Director of the UK's Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT), and founding director of the OII during its first decade (2002-2011), for which he was awarded a lifetime achievement award. He has authored or edited a number of influential books on the social dynamics of the Internet and related information and communication technologies, including Society on the Line (OUP 1999).


1. Internet Studies ; PART I. PERSPECTIVES ON THE INTERNET AND WEB AS OBJECTS OF STUDY ; 2. The Prehistory of the Internet and Its Traces in the Present: Implications for Defining the Field ; 3. Web Science ; 4. Society on the Web ; 5. The Internet as an Infrastructure ; PART II. LIVING IN A NETWORK SOCIETY ; 6. Network Societies and Internet Studies: Rethinking Time, Space, and Class ; 7. Digital Inequality ; 8. Sociality through Social Network Sites ; 9. The Study of Online Relationships and Dating ; 10. Games, Online and Off ; 11. Cross-National Comparative Perspectives from the World Internet Project ; PART III. CREATING AND WORKING IN A GLOBAL NETWORK ECONOMY ; 12. New Businesses and New Business Models ; 13. Trust in Commercial and Personal Transactions in the Digital Age ; 14. Government and the Internet e-Government ; 15. Digital Transformations of Scholarship and Knowledge ; 16. Studies of the Internet in Learning and Education: Broadening the Disciplinary Landscape of Research ; PART IV. COMMUNICATION, POWER, AND INFLUENCE IN A CONVERGING MEDIA WORLD ; 17. Theoretical Perspectives in the Study of Communication and the Internet ; 18. Tradition and Transformation in Online News Production and Consumption ; 19. The Internet in Campaigns and Elections ; 20. Democracy and the Internet ; PART V. GOVERNING AND REGULATING THE INTERNET ; 21. Analysing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Empirical, and Normative Contributions ; 22. File-Sharing and Beyond: Cultural, Legal, Technical and Economic Perspectives on the Future of Copyright Online ; 23. Privacy and Surveillance: The Multi-Disciplinary Literature on the Capture, Use, and Disclosure of Personal information in Cyberspace ; 24. Digital Infrastructures, Economies, and Public Policies: Contending Rationales and Outcome Assessment Strategies ; 25. The Internet and Development ; 26. The Emerging Field of Internet Governance

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  • publication date: 08/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780198708841
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 630
  • ID: 9780198708841
  • weight: 1012
  • ISBN10: 019870884X

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